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Nicholas Abel

(He, him)
Honorary Associate Professor, Australian National University

Wildlife Ecologist 1969-76, Zambian National Parks and UN/FAO Somalia

Masters in rural and regional planning University of Aberdeen 1976-78

Lecturer University of East Anglia, UK, 1978-1990. Land resource assessment and management. Land degradation policies.

Seconded to International Livestock Centre for Africa 1980-83. Rangeland degradation research.

Lecturer/S.L University of Canberra 1990-95. Land resource assessment and management. Mental models of landscape processes.

Principal Research Scientist CSIRO 1995-2011. Multi-layered land use in rangelands. Resilience theory and practice. Adaptive environmental governance. Sea level rise and coastal adaptation.

Honorary Fellow, CSIRO, 2011- 2016. Climate change and adaptive pathways to transformation in the Murray Darling Basin. Building resilience into development projects and programs, UN Global Environment Facility. Fellowship canceled for leaking internal CSIRO information on budget cuts to climate science to media and politicians, and for telling the public on ABC Lateline.

Honorary Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society and Institute of Climate Energy and Disaster Solutions, ANU, 2016 - present. Participative research on climate activism including a sample of jail time.


  • 2016–present
    Honorary Associate Professor, Fenner School, ANU
  • 2011–2016
    Honorary Fellow, CSIRO
  • 1995–2011
    Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO
  • 1990–1995
    Senior lecturer, Environmental Science Uni of Canberra
  • 1978–1990
    Lecturer, School of Development Studies, Uni of East Anglia, UK
  • 1982–1984
    Senior scientist, International Livestock Centre for Africa, Botswana
  • 1974–1976
    Wildlife ecologist, UN FAO - Somalia
  • 1969–1974
    Wildlife ecologist, Zambian National Parks


  • 1993 
    Uni of East Anglia, Ph.D.
  • 1978 
    Uni of Aberdeen, Scotland, M.Sc Rural and Regional Planning
  • 1968 
    Uni of Southampton, UK, B.Sc(hons)


Holiday in Alexander Maconochie Centre

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